Jack was employed into service for the East India Trading Company and was given command of the Wicked Wench. However, after he set free a cargo of slaves, his employer, Cutler Beckett, had Jack branded as a pirate and the Wench set aflame and sunk. After failing to rescue the Wench, Sparrow struck a bargain with the ghostly captain of the Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones, to resurrect his beloved vessel. Jones returned the ship to Jack in near perfect condition except for the permanently charred hull. This prompted Jack to rename her the Black Pearl.
Jack Sparrow just got way cooler.
This is very important information that was not made nearly clear enough in the movies o_o
This is one of my favourite pieces of information we get about Jack Sparrow. The movies only really show you the drunk, happy-go-lucky, wild pirate that everyone of us fell in love with, but there are reasons he chooses to spend his life under the intoxication of rum and sleep with every woman that crosses his path.
Captain Sparrow is a highly intelligent man, probably speaks several languages and is a very strong strategist, mathematician and astronomist (because to become a captain in that day and age you had to know your numbers and stars to be able to sail the seven seas.
He willingly and knowingly went against a order that was given him. He broke a contract with a higher instance, which could’ve been enough to just hang him, but instead he was branded as a pirate - a great shame and something that would make it impossible for him to find any other job that exactly that which the mark stands for. He simply got put on death row, instead of just killed on the spot.
Also, we all know Jack Sparrow’s father is an infamous Pirate Captain himself. Think about it. A young Jack Sparrow, refusing to become a pirate himself, instead choosing to work for ‘the good guys’ and become a proper sailor. He then finds out about the slavery and the human cargo. He decides to do the right thing and let them go, and he is punished for it by being turned into the person he never wanted to be.
He is such a complex and brilliant character, and I wish they would’ve shown this more in the movies, because I could rant about him all day❤